Edo PDP: Obaseki vs. Omoregie Ogbeide-Ihama
Mr. Godwin Obaseki, the Edo state governor is about to meet his Waterloo as it seems he doesn’t know the rudiment of Nigerian politics which says ‘the political enemy of your friend, is not necessarily your friend’.
Recall, wotzup.ng reported that yesterday, a court sitting in Port Harcourt granted a directive stopping Obaseki from participating in the opposition Peoples Democratic Party’s (PDP) primaries, slated for Thursday.
Furthermore, according to sources, there is the doubt by the PDP governing body that Obaseki’s deal
with APC governors is to return to the party after he wins the Edo governorship election on PDP’s platform.
As the intrigues continue, the Port Harcourt court, ruling on a suit filed by the leading PDP governorship aspirant in Edo State,
Omoregie Ogbeide-Ihama -an associate of Wike -restrained Obaseki from participating in the PDP’s primary pending the determination of the suit.
The ruling of the Federal High Court, sitting in Port Harcourt, came the same day another aspirant, Mr. Gideon Ikhine, stepped down for Obaseki.
Recall, wotzup.ng reported that Obaseki, who just defected to PDP from APC, was screened last week by the PDP Screening Committee. Read it here
Furthermore, the suit has the National Chairman of the PDP, Prince Uche Secondus, as the first defendant.
Other defendants are Emmanuel Ogidi, Kingsley Chinda, Debekeme, James Manager, Ajibola Muraina, the PDP, Obaseki,
and the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) as second to ninth defendants respectively.
Ogbeide-Ihama, through his lawyers, Mr. Donald Denwigwe (SAN) and Chief F. Orbih, SAN, and leader of PDP in Edo State,
had asked the court to stop Obaseki because his defection to the party, a few days to the primary,
was unreasonable and aimed at destabilizing other aspirants.
Furthermore, the court, presided over by Justice E. A. Obile, after listening to the submission of Denwigwe and Orbih,
ordered the defendants not to allow Obaseki or any member or non-member of the party other
than those that have purchased forms and were screened within the time stated in the timetable to contest for Thursday’s primary.
The order and other processes are also to be served on the PDP at its national headquarters
in Abuja and Obaseki at the Government House in Benin-City.
Furthermore, the court adjourned till tomorrow (Wednesday) on the eve of the primary election to hear the motion on notice.
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